The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) has released a new analysis detailing the significant gap in wages earned by African-American women and Latinas compared to white, non-Hispanic women and men.
The November 2013 report, Closing the Wage Gap is Crucial for Women of Color and Their Families, states that while on average, women earn 77 cents for every dollar paid to men, black women earn only 64 cents per dollar, and Latinas earn 54 cents.
Based on the most recent Census data, the analysis covers women working in full time, year round employment across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
“The current economy has left women of color in precarious economic circumstances and they continue to encounter substantial barriers to advancement,” the analysis states. “African-American and Hispanic women are more likely than white men to work in jobs that pay at or below minimum wage, and they have also experienced slower wage growth than women overall.”
Black women and Latinas face earnings disparities
Top findings show that even in states in which white, non-Hispanic women face the lowest gender wage gap, black women and Latinas fare far worse in terms of earnings.
“Washington, D.C.’s gender wage gap is the smallest in the nation – but the wage gaps for Hispanic and African-American women in D.C. rank among the ten worst in the country,” a release for the report asserts.
States with the worst wage gaps for these women of color include New Jersey, Alabama and Utah.
African-American women earn approximately 83 cents for every dollar paid to a white woman, while Latinas garner 69 cents for each dollar earned by her white female counterpart.
Findings also show that women of color earn less than men of color as a group. Both Latinas and black women earn 88 cents per dollar earned by Latino males and black men respectively.